We Brought Beer Newsletter Vol. 80
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We really can't stress enough how incredible a period this is for beer at the moment. However, whilst craft beer has found a natural partner in street food vendors, it's still finding it difficult to usurp wine as the drink of choice on menus in actual bricks & mortar eateries. Restaurants with wine lists running into the 100s and umpteen cocktails will often only have just a single beer available - a ludicrous state of affairs. That being said, there are some great places out there fighting the good fight so this week we thought we'd highlight five of our favourite places to sit down for a great meal accompanied by just as great beer.
Booma, Brixton
Booma, an Indian street food restaurant recently opened up in Brixton, and we had the pleasure of visiting them this Monday for an event pairing their food with the Ska beers. Both beer and food were excellent and, whilst they don't stock Ska regularly, they do have an impressive range of beers across 10 different taps, each matched with their different dishes. Alongside the normal lager, pale ale and IPA offerings, they've been bold, with Flemish reds, cherry lambics and Belgian strong ales all pouring from the taps. If nothing else, it's refreshing to be offered something other than Cobra when eating a curry.
The Italian Job, Chiswick
This is the least "restaurant-y" venue on this list, indeed they describe themselves as a pub. However, it could not be further from a gastro-type pub. One of the most chilled out venues in London, this is the kind of place you'd be happy to jump in for a quick 10 minutes drink, or wile away an evening with friends in. Although their menu may not be the most extensive, primarily offering burgers and cold cuts of meat, it's nonetheless perfectly executed. Offering a range of Italian beers that goes far beyond the Birra Moretti and Peroni, this is a great place to go and discover some of the best that Italy has to offer.
Hood, Streatham
It's probably no surprise that we've included Hood on this list of our favourite restaurants with great beer. Having teamed up with them as recently as last night for a beer and food matching event, we found our "spirit restaurant" as it were in these guys. With a focus on putting modern twists onto British food, they've got one of the most extensive bottle ranges of any restaurant in London, stocking up to 30 small-package beers at any one time. A focus on staff training means that although they have no official "matching" menu, ask the staff for beer recommendations and you'll get great advice.
Nanban, Brixton
If you're at all involved in the craft beer segment of the Twitter-sphere, you'll probably know @ChefTimAnderson. Beer is in his DNA, given his history as manager of the Euston Tap, beer buyer for Whole Foods and a rep for a Danish imports company; he's also a former Masterchef champion! Since opening Nanban, his Japanese soul food restaurant, he's collaborated with several breweries including Pressure Drop who now brew his house beer, Nanban Kanpai. So If you want to slurp on some Ramen cooked the right way, with some beer brewed the right way, this is the place to go!
Duke's Brew & Que, Haggerston
The original home of Beavertown Brewery, Duke's Brew & Que was always going to make this list. Any place which can offer the full compliment of Beavertown core beers on keg is obviously going to be a great place to enjoy a drink. It's also one of the few places to offer Beavertown on cask, as well as their experimental Alpha series beers, making for one hell of an exciting prospect. The food is what takes this place to the next level, however. A focus on properly barbecued meats and Southern-style cooking provides the most succulent of accompaniments to the beer, the smell alone will have you salivating for more!
San Diego's Modern Times are a brewery that a lot of people have a lot of love and respect for. Founded by a former Stone employee, they've gained a huge following thanks to their ruthless focus on the quality of their beers, despite having only been around for three years. At 30BBL they're relatively small, making it all the more special that we are able to sell their beers to you guys. If you haven't had a chance yet, make sure to come in and try their seasonal pale Oneida and Black House, their oatmeal coffee stout. These beers don't make it over very often, so grab them whilst you can!
We Brought Redchurch
Wednesday 19th October @ 7pm

We Brought Beer Balham

Redchurch Brewery started life in 2011 in Bethnal Green. They've now expanded to open up a second site in Harlow, where they're brewing their clean beers, whilst their original site, now renamed the Urban Farmhouse, brews their experimental beers which will soon start producing some incredibly exciting sour, wild and barrel fermented beers.
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Beer Class: Stouts and Porters
Thursday 27th October @ 7pm

We Brought Beer Clapham Junction
Our Beer Class is a great way to learn more about all the different types of great beer that are out there and this class is all about stouts and porters. As the weather gets colder, the darker beers really start to come into their own, however, as with most styles of beer, there's a lot more to this family of beer than meets the eye. Stouts and porters are often one of the last styles people get into, perceived as heavy & intimidating. The aim of this beer class is to show just how varied & great these beers are
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